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Retiree FAQs - from G-1 Retirement Services Office

Retirement FAQ's

If you have a question and you can not find the answer within this Frequently Asked Questions section, contact your Retirement Services Office (RSO).

While on active duty, I successfully held a pay grade higher than the pay grade from which I was retired. I understand that after a combination of 30 years of active duty and years on the retired rolls, I can be promoted to the highest grade held satisfactorily on active duty.

Yes, under certain circumstances this is possible under the provisions of Section 3964 and Section 3992, Title 10, United States Code. The following is information on making application: GRADE DETERMINATION CASES.

  • Active Federal Service Retirements (30-Year cases) go to the Army Grade Determination Review Board (Arlington, Va.):
  • At retirement, if the soldier was an enlisted member or a warrant officer
  • AND retired from the Regular Army or while serving on active duty (for Reserve members) or while serving on full-time National Guard duty (for National Guard members)
  • AND the total of the time spent on active duty plus the time on the retired list equals 30 years or more.

SPECIAL NOTES:

The higher grade held must have been held while the soldier was on active duty, and for:

  • Warrant Officer - at least 30 days
  • 2LT to MAJ - at least 6 months
  • LTC and above - at least 3 years
  • Non-Regular Retirements (USAR/NG Age 60 cases) go to the Retired Activities Directorate, AR-PERSCOM (St. Louis, Missouri).
  • Retirement, if the soldier was an enlisted member or a warrant officer or a commissioned officer
  • And retired: from the Reserve Component in a Non-Regular Retirement Status [usually defined as not being on Active Federal Service (AFS), Active Guard/Reserve status (AGR), or Full-Time Manning status (FTM) - and will not receive retirement pay until age 60].


SPECIAL NOTES:

Send the case to the Army Grade Determination Review Board if:

Revision to a lower grade was expressly for prejudice or cause, due to misconduct, or punishment pursuant to Article 15, UCMJ, or court-martial, or there is information in the soldier's service record to indicate clearly that the highest grade was not served satisfactorily.

(The Army Grade Determination Review Board also reviews some retirements on active duty officers and reviews some physical disability retirements cases, but those come directly from PERSCOM and the Physical Disability Board - the ARBA Screening Team is not likely to receive any questions about these two issues.)

When in doubt, please call Sherwin Fulton at (703) 607-1838 or DSN 327-1838.

How do I change my mailing address for Army Echoes?

If you are a retiree in receipt of or entitled to retired pay, mail your address change to DFAS, US Military Retirement Pay, PO Box 7130, London, KY 40742-7130; or FAX it to: 1-800-469-6559.

If you are a surviving spouse in receipt of SBP, mail your address to DFAS, US Military Annuitant Pay, PO Box 7131, London, KY 40742-7131; or FAX it to: 1-800-982-8459. Retirees entitled to retired pay and SBP/RSFPP surviving spouses can update their addresses by accessing their accounts via myPay - http://www.dod.mil/dfas (customer support - 1-800-390-2348).

If you are a retired Reservist not yet age 60, mail your address change to U.S. Army Human Resources Command. ATTN: AHRC-PSP-A, 1 Reserve Way, St. Louis, MO 63132-5200; or FAX it to (314) 592-0582 (ATTN: TLM9V49).

How can I switch from paper to e-Echoes?

First, thanks for asking. Second, go to https://www.libraries.army.mil/metrics/rso/e-form.asp to volunteer.

How do I change federal or state income tax withholding from my retired pay?

To change the federal tax withholding, you must submit a Form W4 to DFAS, US Military Retirement Pay, PO Box 7130, London, KY 40742-7130.

To change your state tax withholding, you must send DFAS a letter indicating the state and the dollar amount you want withheld. Amounts of retired pay to be deducted for state income tax must be in multiples of $10.00.

You can also change your tax withholding by accessing your account via myPay - http://www.dod.mil/dfas (customer support - 1-800-390-2348).

How do I change federal or state income tax withholding from my Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity?

To change the federal tax withholding, you must submit a W4P to DFAS, US Military Annuitant Pay, PO Box 7131, London, KY 40742-7131.

State income tax cannot be withheld from SBP.

You can also change your tax withholding by accessing your account via myPay - http://www.dod.mil/dfas (customer support - 1-800-390-2348).

Whenever I have a question or a situation which I need resolved, who should I contact first?

An Army retiree or survivor should always contact the Army Retirement Services Officer (RSO) responsible for the area in which the retiree or survivor resides. A list of RSOs, by state, and their phone numbers appear on page 9 of every Army Echoes and are also listed on the Retiree HomePage under Army Retirement Services Offices.

Why is military retired pay reduced when I start to receive Social Security?

Military retired pay is NOT reduced because of the receipt of Social Security.

After I retired I discovered that my DD Form 214 does not contain all my awards and decorations and that my total service time is incorrect. How do I go about correcting my DD Form 214?

Send a copy (NEVER an original) of your DD Form 214 along with proof of what error needs to be corrected to Commander AR-PERSCOM, ATTN: ARPC-PSV-V, 1 Reserve Way, St Louis MO 63132-5100. They will issue a DD Form 215 correcting the 214. It generally takes a considerable period of time for a total research of an individual's file and correction to be issued.

What is the law that covers heroism pay for enlisted personnel?

Section 3991, Title 10 United States Code provides that enlisted retirees may receive an additional 10% in retired pay (not to exceed 75% of active duty base pay) if cited with extraordinary heroism, e.g., awarded the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, or the Navy Cross.

How do I change one of the allotments from my retired pay?

Send allotment change requests to DFAS, US Military Retirement Pay, PO Box 7130, London, KY 40742-7130.

You can also change allotments by accessing your account via myPay - http://www.dod.mil/dfas (customer support - 1-800-390-2348).

How do I obtain a copy of a specific document or a copy of my complete military personnel file?

Write to National Personnel Records Center, ATTN: Army Reference Branch (NCPMA), 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. Be sure to give them your SSN when you send your request. Your request will take some time, so be patient.

My spouse was Army retired, and I now receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Am I entitled to any military benefits?

Yes. The unremarried surviving spouse of a retiree is entitled to the same benefits as a spouse of a retiree. Contact your Retirement Services Officer.

I am retired with 100% disability. Will my surviving spouse still be eligible for military benefits?

Yes. Regardless of type of retirement (Length of Service, disability, mandatory, or voluntary) military benefits to an unremarried surviving spouse are the same.

How can I get the address of my Army buddies?

The US Army no longer provides locator service. It is suggested you contact units holding reunions, Army Times, or one of the locator services provided at http://www.switchboard.com.

I lost my 1099R. How can I get a replacement copy so that I can file my federal and state income tax returns?

You must contact either DFAS-CL or your Retirement Services Officers and request a replacement. With the number of replacement requests received by DFAS-CL, it may be faster to contact your RSO if you reside close to an Army installation or go through myPay at myPay.dfas.mil (customer support for myPay 1-800-390-2348 or (216) 522-5122).

For more information on retired pay, go to http://www.dod.mil/dfas/retiredpay.html


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